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Slackware Linux 10.0 has been released:

The first Slackware release of 2004, Slackware Linux 10.0 continues the more than ten-year Slackware tradition of simplicity, stability, and security.

Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: GNOME 2.6.1 (including a collection of pre-compiled GNOME applications), and KDE 3.2.3, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Slackware uses the 2.4.26 kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as the ReiserFS journaling filesystem, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, and kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) that brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux. Additional kernels allow installing Slackware using any of the journaling filesystems available for Linux, including ext3, ReiserFS, IBM's JFS, and SGI's XFS. For those Slackware users who are anxious to try the new 2.6.x kernel series, it is fully supported by the system. A precompiled Linux 2.6.7 kernel, modules, and source code are provided (along with complete instructions on how to install the new kernel).

From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for beginners. Slackware includes everything you'll need to run a powerful server or workstation. Each Slackware package follows the setup and installation instructions from its author(s) as closely as possible, offering you the most stable and easily expandable setup.

Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 10.0:

- Runs the 2.4.26 version of the Linux kernel from Special kernels were prepared to support hardware such as SCSI controllers, USB keyboards and mice, parallel-port IDE devices, IBM PS/2 machines with the Microchannel bus, and even speech synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired community. The performance of the 2.4.x kernel series along with Slackware's track record of careful attention to system security make it the perfect choice for running your production servers.

- As an alternate choice, Slackware 10.0 includes Linux 2.6.7 source, kernel modules, and binary packages, along with a new mkinitrd tool and instructions on using it to install the new kernel (see /boot/README.initrd). When running a 2.6 kernel, Slackware supports udev. This is a system for creating devices in /dev dynamically, greatly reducing device clutter and making it easy to see what devices are actually present in the system.

- System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.3.2. This version of glibc has been patched to improve compatibility with existing binaries.

- X11R6.7.0
This is the current release of the X.Org Foundation's X Window System based on XFree86 4.4.0RC2. The 6.7.0 version is a new release that includes additional hardware support, functional enhancements and bug fixes. Font rendering is improved yet again with recent versions of fontconfig and freetype. Through the generosity of Bitstream, Inc., the Vera truetype font family is included as well providing pleasing default fonts out of the box.

- Major enhancements to the printing system include new versions of CUPS (1.1.20) and LPRng (3.8.27). The Ghostscript interpreter has been upgraded to ESP Ghostscript version 7.07.1 which offers several improvements over the GNU release of Ghostscript, including more drivers and better integration with CUPS. Two IJS servers (printer driver suites for Ghostscript) are available in this release: HPIJS, which supports more than 200 HP Inkjet printer models (compared with 60 supported in Slackware 9.1), and Gimp-Print, offering support for hundreds of printers from Canon, Lexmark, HP, Epson, and other manufacturers.

- Installs gcc-3.3.4 as the default C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran-77, and Ada 95 compiler. gcc-3.4.0 is available as an alternate choice.

- Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL, OpenSSH, and GnuPG.

- Apache 1.3.31 web server with Dynamic Shared Object (DSO) support, SSL, and PHP.

- PCMCIA, CardBus, and APM support for laptops. (pcmcia-cs-3.2.7). Slackware also now includes hotplug support. This locates and configures most hardware automatically as it is added (or removed) from the system. It also loads the kernel modules required by sound cards and other hardware at boot time.

- New development tools, including Perl 5.8.4, Python 2.3.4, and graphical tools like Qt designer, KDevelop, and Glade.

- Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages. Package tracking makes it easy to upgrade from Slackware 9.1 to Slackware 10.0 (see UPGRADE.TXT). The slackpkg tool in /extra can also help update from an older version of Slackware to a newer one, and keep your Slackware system up to date. In addition, the new slacktrack utility (in extra/) will help you build and maintain your own packages.

- Web browsers galore! Includes Netscape Communicator version 7.1, Konqueror 3.2.3, Mozilla 1.7 (with anti-aliased font support and built-in junk email filtering), Epiphany 1.2.6, and Galeon 1.3.15.

- The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3.2.3, including the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development with KDevelop, multimedia tools, the Konqueror web browser and file manager, dozens of games and utilities, international language support, and more.

- The GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME) version 2.6.1 (this already includes many of the updates for the upcoming 2.6.2 release).

- A collection of GTK based applications, including abiword-2.0.6, gaim-0.78, gimp-2.0.2, gkrellm-2.2.1, gxine-0.3.3, and pan-

- Large repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run. This includes various window managers, support for 3Dfx gaming cards, OpenMotif-2.2.2, the K3b CD burning application for KDE, libsafe (advanced buffer overflow protection for additional security), ISDN support, additional 802.11 drivers, and much more (see the /extra directory).

- Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For a complete list of core packages in Slackware 10.0, see this file:

- Another Slackware exclusive: Slackware's ZipSlack installation option is the fastest, _easiest_ Linux installation ever. ZipSlack provides a basic text-based Linux system as a 45 megabyte ZIP archive. Simply unzip on any FAT or FAT32 partition, edit your boot partition in the LINUX.BAT batch file, and you can be running Linux in less than five minutes. The ZipSlack installation includes everything you need to network with Linux (including Ethernet, token ring, and PPP), and extend the system with additional software packages such as X. A ZipSlack system will even fit on a Zip(TM) disk, so you can carry a personal Linux system with you to run on any PC with a Zip(TM) drive.

Downloading Slackware 10.0:

The full version of Slackware Linux 10.0 is available for download from the central Slackware FTP site hosted by our friends at

The ZipSlack version of Slackware can be downloaded from:

If this site is busy, see the list of official mirror sites here:

We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images. Stay tuned to for the latest updates.

Purchasing Slackware on CD-ROM:

Or, purchase the Slackware Linux 10.0 four CD-ROM set directly from Slackware Linux, and you'll be helping to support the continued development of Slackware Linux! :-):

This is the official release of Slackware on CD-ROM, and has many enhanced features, including:

- Easy bootable CD-ROM installation. If your machine can boot a CD-ROM, just boot the first disc to begin the installation process.
- Fully bootable live rescue CD-ROM -- just boot the second disc and run a basic Linux system off the disc, including networking tools.
- The ZipSlack edition of Slackware Linux 10.0.
- The source code used to build Slackware Linux 10.0.

The price for the Slackware Linux CD-ROM set is $39.95 plus shipping.

Slackware Linux is also available by subscription. When we release a new version of Slackware (which is typically once or twice a year) we ship it to you and bill your credit card $24.95 plus shipping. Shipping is $5 in the USA, Canada, and Mexico for First Class. Overseas is $9 PER ORDER. There is an additional $3 COD charge (USA Only). UPS Blue Label (2nd day) [USA Only] is $10 PER ORDER, UPS Red Label (next day) [USA Only] is $15 PER ORDER.

Ordering Information:

You can order online at the Slackware Linux store:

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Slackware Linux, Inc.
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